The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Oct. 12, 1855

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Wholesale Robbery by Pirates on Lake Michigan

(Copied from Allegen Record)

The people along Lake Michigan, from here north to the Manitous, have been thrown into a state of the most intense excitement by the operations of a gang of marauders, who are reported to be Mormons from Beaver Island, and who have carried on their operations with a boldness, coolness and desperation rarely equaled in the records of highwaymen.

They are reported to have burned saw mills and robbed stores north of the Grand River. At Grand haven they made repeated attempts to break into stores and shops. On Saturday of last week they made their appearance at the mouth of the Kalamazoo, and after looking about, pushed up south as far as the tanneries in the town of Ganges, and on Saturday night broke open Robinson & Plummer's store, robbing them of $1,600 worth of goods, and made back again down the lake.

Off Port Sheldon they were seen by a vessel's crew anchored there, with their plunder all oipen to view, and were pulling on down as carelessly and fearlessly as though they were pursuing a letigitmate calling. There is said to be upwards of twenty in the gang. They sail one small schooner of twenty or thirty tons, and two Mackinaw boats.

Robinson & Plummer pursued them as far north as Grand Haven, and then turned back, the people advising them that it would be usel4ess and unsafe to pursue them, further without a strong force of men. What is to be done in the premises we do not hear. Surely we have come upon strange times, if such high-handed robberies can be perpetrated and go unwhipped of justice. There seems to be no question as to the identity of the robbers and their hiding place. They are emissaries from King Strang's realms, and the whole power of the State should be lent to ferret out and bring to justice the perpetrators of such bold crimes.

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Richard Palmer
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Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Oct. 12, 1855